Lansdowne Presbyterian Church are holding a Garden Ramble on Saturday, 27 November, from 1 pm.
It includes eight urban gardens within Masterton and is a fundraiser for the church's centenary in 2012.
A feature of the Garden Ramble is an opportunity to view the Christmas decorations in Lansdowne Presbyterian Church, in Te Ore Ore Road, which has been decked out in wall-hangings, Christmas trees, candles, and a nativity tableau as a centrepiece.
The garden tour is modestly priced at $10. Older and less nimble folk can enjoy the display in the church - and a home-cooked afternoon tea - for a gold coin donation.
Lansdowne Church Garden Ramble
Lansdowne Presbyterian Church
Te Ore Ore Road
Saturday, 27 November, 1pm to 5 pm
Garden Tour $10 (includes eight gardens and afternoon tea at the church)
View church and afternoon tea only - gold coin donation
Further information: phone 06 377-1047
A Families Commission study of access to social services for Masterton families has left out those who are most likely to need social services: those at the bottom of the economic food chain.
Although the researchers wanted to include the vulnerable families in their investigations, they could not contact them and most did not have telephones and avoided social services.
Masterton has a large group of economically deprived families. Typically, they don't have landlines, and, as a result, no internet access either. Phone access is usually pre-paid cellphones.
To have any validity, this study needed to sample households across Masterton, using Statistics meshblocks, and conducting face-to-face interviews where telephone contact wasn't possible (the study used randomised phone sampling).
Any number of local government staff and social service professionals could have directed those conducting the survey to where they would find the economically deprived.
This ill-conceived report seems to be a complete waste of taxpayers' money.
Read the full report here.
The Wairarapa Community Centre is trying to muster support from potential backers so they can remain in business in new premises.
Currently based - for a nominal rent - in the old button factory owned by the Masterton Trust Lands Trust in Dixon Street, the Community Centre is home to an eclectic bunch, including:
While the Masterton District Council has given them some short-term funding, a shortfall of $60-70,000 is likely if they have to pay market rents when they have to move from current premises in December.
If I was the Masterton District Council, or a decision-maker for other funding groups, I would be asking the following questions:
While many of these groups individually make a valuable contribution to the community, I'm struggling to see why they need to be housed together.
A large group of organisations like this requires large premises. Potential landlords - even community-based ones such as the Trust Lands Trust - need to make some sort of a return on their investment. Charging a peppercorn rent is, in the long term, not sustainable.
A better approach would be for individual organisations to put the word out to their colleagues and contacts in Masterton to find spare space in existing offices, unused church facilities, etc, just for themselves, rather than the whole Community Centre.
If you'd like to have your say on the future of the Community Centre, there's a public meeting in the Frank Cody Lounge, at 4 pm, on 12 August, or add comments below.
Kuripuni Village used to be a boring suburban shopping centre with not much going for it.
Dominated by a large concrete public toilet block, Kuripuni was seen as a comfort stop, rather than a place to stroll around the shops or enjoy a cup of of coffee.
Entrepreneurial Masterton builder, Dave Borman, bought up much of the shopping centre and set about creating an aesthetically pleasing village environment. He brought in old wooden buildings from Wellington and transformed them into very attractive shops and art galleries.
The facade of existing shops got a makeover, transforming tired, dated buildings.
Demolition of the public toilets infuriated many Masterton residents, but its place has been taken by a pleasant grassed area, dominated by a lovely old tree.
Dave Borman is one of the businessmen behind the proposed revamp of the old Bouzaid and Ballaben factory in Greytown. I'd love to see him get stuck into the St James Shopping Centre in High Street, Masterton, a real eyesore with much potential.
One of the children from the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, St Andrew's in the Paddock, Upper Plain, Masterton, admires the nativity.
St Andrew's has a Candlelit "Midnight Mass" at 8.30 pm, Christmas Eve and a Christmas morning service at 9 am.
Details of other Wairarapa Anglican Christmas services, and for the lower North Island, are available here
Two of Masterton's finest historic gardens were open to the public on Saturday, 21 November as a fundraiser for St Andrew's in the Paddock, Upper Plain.
“Last year we hosted a very successful garden tour,” the Reverend Liz Greville noted, “so this year we thought we’d focus on two gardens that were in easy walking distance of each other and put on some music as well.”
Live music was performed throughout the day in both gardens and included local musicians Pat McKenna (voice and guitar) and Rachel Thompson (keyboard). Masterton musician Caryl Forrest (keyboard and voice) joined with MaryRose Ryman (soprano), Matt Painter (bass) and Amelia Ryman (soprano) from Wellington and performed everything from lieder to light music to Christmas carols.
While they were listening to the music, guests were treated to elegant afternoon teas and delicious cordials.
Ngahuru was built in 1917 and designed in English cottage revival style by William Fielding. The one and a half acre garden is believed to have been designed by Alfred Buxton.
Woodchester was built for Ted and Lorna Norman soon after the Hawke’s Bay earthquake in 1931. It has had only three owners since and sits proudly on just over two acres, tucked down a long driveway off Cole Street.
We came here because we were on holiday and in need of sustenance after visiting the local swimming pool.
Parking was in the supermarket carpark just across the road. There's also plenty of parking on the street.
We walked in and immediately thought we can see why this place is busy - it's located in the museum and arts centre, and across the road from the very pretty QEII Park.
The menu is fairly standard but the cabinet food did indeed entice. We ordered a ham, cheese and tomato croissant, and a spinach, pinenut and feta filo parcel. Both were delicious.
The coffee was great. So was the hot chocolate, though the tall glass mug with a handle that it came in was a bit over-the-top.
The service was excellent. The long line of people waiting to place orders quickly disappeared thanks to the very efficient and friendly staff.
Our food arrived about 10 minutes after we sat down.
We recommend if you come here you sit outside and relax looking over the road to the park. Then wander over for a pedal-boat ride on the lake.
Fishy Thingz are back tomorrow with their delicious smoked fish cakes, seafood mornays and tasty hot potato sticks. However, it might be a little quieter this week as Gay has lost her voice. I'm sure it'll take more than that to keep her down!
The newest product from Martinborough Manner - spiced plum and lime chutney - is going to require some self control - you can eat it,
just not quite yet. It will be ready in time for Christmas eating, whether for
yourself or as a gift and is perfect for serving
with ham, turkey, chicken as well as with cheese.
Martinborough Manner will also have more of their very popular lemon honey baked goods – buy to eat at the market or to take away and enjoy later.
Sadly the unfriendly weather has meant the good folk at Splashzone aren't able to bring us fish this week.
As always Wai Ohu and Wairarapa Eco Farms will be offering loads of fresh, seasonal veges to inspire your creativity – all organic and pesticide free.
The Masterton Folk Club will be doing their best to keep our spirits up tomorrow with their cheery ambience.
Food Inc, the movie
There are only a few days left to get tickets for this important film. You can get tickets from John at the market tomorrow or from Regent 3 directly. Film info is here.
Film Inc. Wednesday, October 14, 8:30pm
at Regent 3 - keep the date free
This week's news from the Wairarapa Farmers' Market
Bees Blessing will have lemon honey ginger gelato for sale tomorrow, provided the weather is warm! Made with their lemon honey and ginger syrup, I'm told it's delicious. They will be selling pottles with a scoop of gelato for $2.50. They will also be tasting their Lemon Honey and Ginger with soda water if it's warm, or hot as usual if the weather is cooler.
As well as all their usual products, Martinborough Manner has a special celebration of spring and the new season’s citrus fruit – they'll have some delicious baked goods made with lemon honey. Buy some to eat at the market with a coffee from Eddie or to take home if you can resist that long.
Thankfully coffee doesn't go out
of season here so our original
Wairarapa roasters, Machiatto, have been test-roasting a couple of new Cuban
origins. These should be available in the next couple of weeks - watch this
space! There's the Altura, a high-altitude Arabica and a Peaberry which is
"young and fruity". Both are good drinking.
Meanwhile come savour their Bolivian ARPEA and Cuban 114 beans and espresso tomorrow - Always Fair Trade and Organic!
Paul and Suzie Adamson will be at the Farmers Market tomorrow with tastings of their delicious Harewood extra virgin olive oil.
It's been a good week at sea for Splashzone - Rich had a few good days' fishing so butterfish and blue nose are on the menu for Saturday, along with lovely scallops and whitebait.
With the weather warming, hopefully you're feeling inspired to get into the garden. PH Lavender has an excellent, all natural, insect repellent to keep the biting bugs at bay. They also do a small bottle to throw into your day pack. While you are at Pauline's stall pick up a bottle of Sports Rub for your sore, aching muscles, after a hard day in the garden. During October at the market the 128ml bottles of Body and Massage Oils will be just $18, reduced from the standard price of $20.60.
If all that wasn't enough to tempt you to the market tomorrow, Wai Ohu and Wairarapa Eco Farms have you covered for fresh, seasonal veges – all organic and pesticide free. Have a go at cooking with the seasons!
Lastly, a reminder that you've only got this Saturday and next to get your tickets for the premiere of Food Inc. There are only about 90 tickets left so be in quick. All the info is on .
The weather is looking pretty reasonable tomorrow - the Met Service forecast for Masterton is for some high cloud and breezy Northwesterlies.
Stuff reports teen survivors of the illegal street race which led to a three-car crash are calling for fellow Wairarapa College pupils to learn from their mistakes.
Firefighters, school leaders and 700 senior pupils took part in a special assembly at Wairarapa College yesterday, where various hard-hitting messages were delivered.
I'm not holding my breath that anything is going to change as a result of this assembly. Late on Saturday afternoon - scarcely two days after the massive accident - a friend saw car after car packed with Masterton teenagers returning from what looked suspiciously like another drag racing exercise in Manaia Road.
Masterton police area commander Inspector John Johnston is seeking help from the public according to the Times-Age
"Residents who see boy racers speeding, doing doughnuts or drifting round corners should ring the police."
"Certain parts of the town and rural area were being used as " circuits." People living in those areas should get on the phone to police and if possible get descriptions of the cars being raced."
He said the police may not always be able to immediately attend and descriptions helped future identification.
Wairarapa farmer Lindy Williamson and her husband, who sustained injuries and whose Land Cruiser was seriously damaged by the on-coming cars, unsurprisingly refused to attend the special assembly.
"We are annoyed, we are tender. Lindy's exposure to the whole issue was enormous and what we want is a greater exhibition of remorse from those involved," Mr Williamson said.
In 1911 Masterton prohibition campaigner Jabez Bridges claimed to have found the answer to Masterton's social ills.
Two happy, prosperous years have passed since the vote of the people took effect, and the shutters were put up on the licensed bar. During those two years our town has grown cleaner and our people more sober. Our homes too are happier and our children are better cared for since No-License came into operation, and all agree that ‘tis well ‘twas won.From NZ History Online
I'm right behind Masterton District Council's moves to reduce speed on some rural roads.
Many of these roads are very narrow and were designed with the leisurely speeds of a 1950 Morris Minor in mind, on its weekly visit to town on a Friday.
While the majority of law-abiding motorists will comply with the new speed limits I don't think it's going to have the slightest impact on boy racers. They know they're immortal so will continue to roar east down West Bush Road and come to grief - as so many already have - at the sharp righthand bend.
And if you've already got $20,000 of traffic fines, don't have a licence, or are already disqualified, another ticket is neither here nor there.
Dog and Lemon Guide Editor, Clive Matthew-Wilson, observes that middle class, law-abiding-citizen solutions don't work with boy racers.
I heard somewhere recently that the cars boy racers are driving today had the same power as earlier Formula One racing cars. These are cars which need maturity and experience to handle, but are in the hands of young people who may have only been driving for a very short time.
And can someone tell me why so many teenagers need to drive to school these days?
It's five years since the Ministry of Education closed several Masterton schools, but the buildings remain, boarded up and a mecca for vandals and arsonists.
The Ministry needs to to acknowledge that sale of no-longer needed schools is often a protracted process, particularly if there are potential Treaty claims involved.
The Times-Age reports another serious arson attack on Harley Street school over the weekend. This is wasting the time of emergency services and degrades the neighbourhood with an ugly, boarded-up, fire-damaged hulk in its midst. And the buildings are now effectively worthless.
There's a simple solution to this. If a school is formally closed the buildings should be removed immediately to storage for potential reuse as classrooms or on-sale to other potential owners. Foundations are removed, the site is levelled and grassed.
This would be a painful process for the community to witness, but is far less painful than the cancerous decline of the buildings - all with boarded-up windows - over several years. A large, wide-open space is less appealing for troublemakers looking for quiet corners to lurk in.
The only on-going maintenance required would be having someone mow the grass on a regular basis. An awful lot cheaper than trying to prevent abandoned buildings from being trashed.
Dr Ron Newton at the organ, St Matthew's Church, Masterton
The 2009 Music at St Matthew's organ music series ended in fine style with a matinee performance by Dr Ron Newton.
While titled Victorian Matinee there was nothing Victorian about Dr Newton's performance. Relaxed and engaging, he immediately developed a great rapport with his audience and demonstrated a fine mastery of the Rodgers Trillium organ, together with sensitive, innovative registration.
C S Lang's triumphal, jaunty Tuba Tune opened the programme and was followed by a contemplative Elegy by George Thalben-Ball.
Andantino in D flat - more popularly known as Moonlight and roses - was the alltime audience favourite of distinguished concert organist Edwin Lemare (1865-1934). In 1906, with celebrity status rivalling that of a modern rock star, Lemare packed the Wellington Town Hall night after night with a week of organ recitals to mark the launch of the new Norman and Beard organ. Such was the financial success of the recitals that by the end of the week the organ was paid for. Following expertly in such illustrious footsteps, Dr Newton brought a delicious Edwardian flavour to his interpretation.
The Milner March, hinting at headmasterly pomp and much enjoyed by the audience, was written by Ron Newton to commemorate Waitaki Boys' High School Rector, Frank Milner, and demonstrated Dr Newton's fine skill as a composer.
Lilburn's little performed but beautiful Prelude and Fugue, written in 1940 for a competition which Lilburn subsequently won, was a concert highlight. This work, which starts in a very simple, understated way, develops into a complex and full-bodied fugue and was another fine performance.
The programme, which also included Franck, Mascagni, Parry, Bach and Barnett, was interspersed with two brackets of audience-selected hymns. The audience enjoyed a really good sing of Praise my soul and - highly appropriate to mark the 70th anniversary of the start of the Second World War - God the all terrible. More organ recitalists should include audience participation in their recitals. It's a great way of building engagement with the audience.
The concert ended with a lively, stylish performance of Gigout's Toccata in B Minor and was followed by the audience singing Guide me, o thou great redeemer.
Dr Newton is well-known as an organ builder and tuner. Trading as the New Zealand Organ Manufactory, he is based in Oamaru but travels the length of New Zealand installing, restoring and keeping some of New Zealand's finest organs in good working order.
The Arthur Hobday pipe organ, which served St Matthew's for many years, has been restored by Dr Newton and is currently being installed in St Patrick's Basilica in Oamaru with the opening scheduled for 28 November 2009.
Jeff Workman's initiative to get art and music out into the Masterton community got off to a fine start last night when the Wairarapa Youth Concert Band and artist Linda Dennes joined forces with a large and enthusiastic audience at Cafe Cecille last night.
The Wairarapa Youth Concert Band - off this Friday to compete in the National Youth Concert Band competition in Rotorua - are a class act. Ably led by Ruth Ekford and Pam Workman, they played a selection which highlighted the diversity and depth of talent within the band.
Five foot two, eyes of blue, played by a saxophone and trombone quintet, wowed the audience. I was particularly impressed by Occidens Proximus Orienti (East meets west), played entirely by the percussion section. This was rhythmically extremely complex and technically very challenging and the group played it with great panache.
Linda Dennes exhibited a series of paintings featuring musical instruments. I loved the depth, warmth and luminance of this work, and the way Linda has captured the dents and imperfections of much-loved, much-played instruments.
Linda, an emerging artist who has had two works accepted recently by the Academy of Fine Arts,is a member of the WaiArt Community. Their elegant website includes more of Linda's work, together with work of other artists within the group.
Getting art and music out in the community is a new initiative by Masterton Councillor Jeff Workman who wants to make Masterton a more interesting and vibrant place.
This initiative is being launched tonight at Cafe Cecille - from 5.30 to 7 pm - with an exhibition by Greytown artist Linda Dennes, combined with a free gig by Wairarapa Concert Youth Band. It is hoped this will be the first of a regular series of arts and culture events.
Mr Workman hopes to foster street art and other vibrant forms of art and encourage other organisations to stage art and music events.
Tonight's event: Linda Dennes art exhibition, with Masterton Concert Youth Band, 5.30 - 7 pm, 1 September, Cafe Cecille, Queen Elizabeth Park, Masterton.
Other musical events this week in Masterton
Dr Ron Newton, organist, will be performing a Victorian Matinee at St Matthew's, Church Street, Masterton, Wednesday, 2 September at 2 pm, tickets $10, students free
Rami Bar-Niv, international concert pianist, will be performing at "The Landing", Landsdowne Park Village, 100 Titoki Street, also on Wednesday, 2 September at 7.30 pm, tickets $20.
Having two concerts by distinguished performers on the same day is a great pity and points to the need for coordination between groups providing musical events. There is an opportunity for Destination Wairarapa to help here.
They could have gone on a spending spree, never worked another day in their lives, but life goes on as normal for the Masterton winners of the $37 million jackpot.
With a strong work ethic and commitment to community service
Margaret's daughter, Fiona, 41, is still working three jobs and doing graveyard shifts. She works 33 hours a week as an emergency department nurse, does paid and voluntary ambulance shifts and also looks after an elderly woman in her home. She won't give up any of it. "I love my jobs," she says.
Her older sister Siobhan, 42, still works as a dish hand and shop assistant at Masterton's 10 o'clock Cookie Bakery-Cafe, and has no plans to quit and head to the south of France.
"I've got no interest," she says. "I like my job, I like the people I work with. My kids are at school, my friends all work, so I'd go stir crazy being at home 24/7. I'm still me, I haven't changed, I still do the mundane jobs."
The 19 year old splashed out on a boyracer Subaru and the grandmother
put a heat pump in her modest, two-bedroom home and last week bought a second-hand 2008 model Ford Fiesta. But she's happy to stick with her old Philips K-9 television set from 1970-something.
She feels "guilty" that she is having a new conservatory, kitchen and wash-house built, given that she's in her twilight years and in failing health. She feels bad she still collects a pension, even though she's earned it 10 times over. "I was going to cancel it but my financial adviser said not to. It makes me feel guilty."
She is planning to put most of her $9 million into a philanthropic trust to help the needy. And buy the Wairarapa a new ambulance.
Read the full Sunday Star-Times story